Global trends and developments in mindfulness interventions for diabetes: a bibliometric study

Author: Sijia Jiang1, Xiaoli Pan2, Hansen Li2, Yuqin Su3
1 College of Physical Education, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing, China.
2 Institute of Sport Science, College of Physical Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.
3 Institute of Sport Science, College of Physical Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.
Conference/Journal: Diabetol Metab Syndr
Date published: 2024 Feb 15
Other: Volume ID: 16 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 43 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1186/s13098-024-01288-x. , Word Count: 335

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder posing a global threat to health. Many scholars are dedicated to developing non-pharmacological therapies, and mindfulness intervention is among the potentially effective approaches. Due to the rapid increase in relevant research in recent years, along with the diverse focus and interventions used in studies, it has become challenging for practitioners to quickly comprehend the key features of this field and the directions worth paying attention to. Bibliometric analysis, in response, can help scholars understand this field and identify points of interest.

Publications related to mindfulness intervention in diabetes from the establishment of the Web of Science Core Collection (WOSCC) to September 2023 were searched. We employed four bibliometric techniques: General Analysis of Publications, Collaborative Network Analysis, Co-citation Analysis, and Keyword Analysis. The CiteSpace 6.1.R was used to analyze the literature with the strongest citation bursts, while VOSviewer 1.6.13 was used to provide visualizations of publicly available data by analyzing co-citations or co-authorship affiliations.

We found a total of 387 articles. The results indicate that research on this topic has been steadily increasing over time. The United States is the top producer of relevant publications, with Tilburg University being the institution that publishes the most articles. The journal "Mindfulness" has the highest publication count. In the collaborative network analysis, the United States emerged as the main hub for global cooperation in this research field, contributing 182 articles with a total of 5872 citations. The journal "Diabetes Care" was frequently cited and played a central role. The keyword analysis revealed that researchers have shown a strong interest in how mindfulness interventions affect the mental health of diabetic individuals. Additionally, there is a focus on studying elderly diabetic groups and exploring how mindfulness interventions impact metabolic diseases. These areas are currently the main research priorities.

Our findings demonstrate the current trend and hotspots in mindfulness intervention and offer some directions for future research.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; Diabetes; Intervention; Mindfulness; Web of Science Core Collection. Qigong. Tai Chi

PMID: 38360701 PMCID: PMC10870632 DOI: 10.1186/s13098-024-01288-x